Associate Research Scientist

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

Phone: 9372292779
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Associate Research Scientist


Dayton, OH 

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Job Description:

The Air Vehicle Optimization Group at UDRI is a diverse team of skilled engineers and scientists who work closely with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop, prototype, and test numerical models, software, and hardware for the multidisciplinary design and analysis of aerospace vehicles. The group brings together specialties in Aerospace, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics to combine state-of-the-art engineering tools with innovative ideas to support future aircraft design methods from conceptual design through flight testing. A few of the projects the group currently supports include: Computational Aircraft Prototype Synthesis (CAPS), Missile Enhancement via Reconfigurable Interceptor Nose (MERLIN), Efficient Supersonic Aircraft Vehicle (ESAV), X-56, and XQ-58A.

The group currently seeks Research Scientist(s) for an exciting and high visibility prototyping, design and testing effort, developing capabilities for advanced aerospace platforms. The position will provide prototyping, design, and testing opportunities in a high performing team, demonstrating with numerical and experimental models the benefits of a multi-material design for aircraft structures. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with multiple UDRI and AFRL Divisions, small businesses, and Universities. The successful candidate will bring to bear their skills and experience with one or more of the following: proficiency with solid modeling and scientific analysis software and non-contact experimental testing methods. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential and highly valued in this role.

Due to the nature of the work, US Citizenship and ability to pass a National Agency check is required.

Minimum Qualifications
Research Scientist (R1) Additional Qualifications:
- Master's in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or related field
- Effective communication and written skills
- US Citizen

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

In addition to the minimum qualifications, a preferred candidate will also meet one or more of the following qualifications:
- Proficiency in Finite Element Analysis software such as Abaqus, ASTROS, and MSC/Nastran
- Proficiency with non-contact experimental data acquisition systems such as Digital Image Correlation (DIC)
- Proficiency in designing multi-material prototype models for additive manufacturing
- Experience designing experimental tests for scaled aircraft structures
- Experience wind tunnel testing methods and model development


Special Instructions to Applicants

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.